It’s almost here! Squeals of excitement!
The Cubs Convention is this weekend, and although I’ve never been, I imagine it to be like the scene in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory where they enter that first room and everything is edible, and everyone starts eating everything in sight. You know, except that “everyone” is just Jim Hendry, and everything is only “edible” in the sense that you can put it in your mouth and chew.
Oh, yeah, the Convention:
Among the current Cubs slated to take part in the three-day event are [Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto, Ryan Dempster and newly acquired Milton Bradley, as well as] Neal Cotts, Mike Fontenot, Rich Harden, Reed Johnson, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Ryan Theriot and Carlos Zambrano. Cubs.com.
You can also see Cubs greats Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Ryne Sandberg. Not to mention Tim Stoddard.
Complete schedule and appearances after the jump.
Thanks to the Chicago Tribune, here’s the full schedule and appearances for the Cubs Convention:
2009 CHICAGO CUBS CONVENTION:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 3:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Booths open 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 9:00 A.M. – Midnight (Booths open 9:00 A.M. – 7:00P.M.)
SUNDAY, JAUNARY 18 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. (Booths open 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.)
CUBS PLAYERS AND CELEBRITIES SCHEDULED TO ATTEND:
Ernie Banks Onerl Fleita Len Kasper Scott Sanderson
Darwin Barney Mike Fontenot Crane Keney Ron Santo
Glenn Beckert Joey Gathright Ted Lilly Matt Sinatro
Milton Bradley Doug Glanville Carlos Marmol Lee Smith
Bob Brenly Kevin Gregg Sean Marshall Alfonso Soriano
Bill Buckner Brandon Guyer Aaron Miles Geovany Soto
Randy Bush Rich Harden Keith Moreland Tim Stoddard
Jose Cardenal Kevin Hart Dave Otto Lester Strode
Neal Cotts Jim Hendry Gerald Perry Ryan Theriot
Doug Dascenzo Koyie Hill Lou Piniella Alan Trammell
Jody Davis Micah Hoffpauir Mike Quade Steve Trout
Ivan DeJesus Pat Hughes Rick Reushel Randy Wells
Ryan Dempster Randy Hundley Larry Rothschild Tim Wilken
Bob Denier Fergie Jenkins Jeff Samardzija Billy Williams
Leon Durham Reed Johnson Ryne Sandberg Carlos Zambrano
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16:
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Autograph Treasure Hunt
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. WGN Radio’s “SportsCentral Live” (Will be aired Saturday, January 17th)
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cubs Bingo!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17:
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Meet Cubs Baseball Management
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Draft Day to the Big Show
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Cubs Jeopardy!
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wheelchair Cubs
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs Photo Experience
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Not For Woman Only
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Who’s The Boss?
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Piniella & His Lou-Tennants
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. In Touch with the Cubs…Presented by Vine Line
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Game Day Experience
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Welcome to Wrigley
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pitching Clinic
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Clubhouse Entertainers
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. In the WGN-TV Booth with Len & Bob
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Hitting Clinic
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Magic of ‘84
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For Kids Only Press Conference
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Baseball Conditioning Clinic
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sneak Preview: “We Believe”
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Making History
8:00 p.m. – Midnight Rock ‘n’ Rock Revue
SUNDAY, JANUARY 18
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Meet Cubs Business Management
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs Photo Experience
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Down on the Farm…Presented by Vine Line